The MDC Alliance has been given another lease of life as the High Court blocked the replacement of four recalled MDC Alliance legislators today. The legislators were recalled by the MDC-T a losing minority party that granted control over MDC Alliance MPs under government assisted controversial circumstances.
Justice Joseph Mafusire has granted an interim order which will hold until the High Court gives a final determination on an application brought by the quartet in which they seek to have their recall invalidated.
Part of Justice Mafusire’s ruling read, “I am satisfied that the applicants have proved a prima facie case and that they are entitled to relief. Their membership in parliament has been abruptly terminated on the basis of a process of dubious legality. It is common cause they were in Parliament on the ticket of a political formation called the MDC Alliance. For two years they have participated in the business of Parliament as members of the MDC-Alliance. ZEC registered the MDC-A as a political party. Indeed it is a political party for the purposes of the Constitution and of the Electoral Act, Parliament recognises it as a political party. The applicants have produced documents showing that they were nominated b the MDC-Alliance political party. on proportional representation for the women’s quotas for the two Houses of Parliament. The executive arm of Government recognises the MDC Alliance as a political party. The applicants have produced a copy of Government Gazette of 28 February 2020 showing that the MDC Alliance qualifies as a political party for Government funding under the Political Parties (Finance) Act, Chapter 2.11.”
Political analysts have warned the MDC Alliance against celebrating too early as they have not won yet. Last week saw soldiers assisting MDC-T fronted by Khupe and secretary general Douglas Mwonzora to take over the headquarters of the MDC Alliance Harvest House. The development was criticised by the international community with many United States government arms issuing statements. The European Union and the Dutch embassy also expressed their concern over the government’s involvement and use of force in political and property rights matters.